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Chapter One – Aromatic Use

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Whether you’re brand new to essential oils or consider yourself an expert, aromatic application is one of the simplest and most effective application methods available. If you use an essential oil aromatically, that means you experience the aroma of the oil through the air.

Due to the potent, powerful nature of essential oils, you can experience the benefits of aromatic use right away, as the oil disperses through the air quickly and effectively.

If you’ve ever opened a bottle of essential oil and held it under your nose, you know how powerful it can be.

Opening a bottle of Douglas Fir essential oil might instantly remind you of camping trips you took in the mountains as a kid. Unscrewing the cap on a bottle of Cinnamon Bark oil might make you think of Christmastime or other favorite holidays. Inhaling the aroma from a bottle of Wild Orange oil might make you think of eating oranges in the summer. When you breathe in the aroma of essential oils, your memories and past experiences come together to create a unique experience that’s a little different for everyone.


Not only is aromatic use simple and convenient, but it’s also useful for
purifying the air and promoting a calm, inviting, or uplifting environment.
So, what is the best way to take advantage of the aromatic benefits of
essential oils?

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Diffusing oils using an essential oil diffuser is perhaps the easiest way to experience essential oils aromatically. Essential oil diffusers can be found in millions of homes around the world. This is because the simple act of adding essential oils to a diffuser and turning it on can transform a entire space. It can make the house feel clean when you’re expecting company, help the family wind down at bedtime, promote an energizing atmosphere to enjoy while studying for a test or during your kids’ homework time—you get the idea. It seems simple, but this is how essential oils can transform your space, your day—and by extension—your life.

Several models of diffusers are available, and your choice in diffuser will depend on your needs and preferences when it comes to using essential oils. For example, are you hoping to diffuse essential oils over a large area? Do you plan to use your diffuser to purify the air in your home? Do you want a diffuser that’s easy to move from room to room? While each essential oil diffuser will provide different features, most can be categorized as either water diffusers or waterless diffusers. Water diffusers use water to disperse essential oils through the air in a fine mist, while waterless models diffuse the oil straight into the air.

No matter what type of diffuser you choose, you’ll want to make sure that it preserves the potency of the essential oils. Any diffuser that uses heat or other elements that can change the chemical structure an oil will be less effective. If you’ve never used a diffuser before, don’t worry, it’s easy. Here are a few best practices to keep in mind when diffusing essential oils.

Diffuser Tips


Avoid placing your diffuser in direct
sunlight or near a fan. The heat from
the sun could alter the chemical
structure of your oils, and air blowing
from a fan could make your diffusion
less effective.


The amount of oil used and duration
of diffusion will depend on the size of
the room, placement and output of the
diffuser, and air turnover in the room. If
you’re wondering how much oil to use
and how long to diffuse for, a good
rule of thumb is to start with a small
amount and work your way up from
there as necessary.


Be sure to clean your diffuser regularly,
according to the manufacturer’s
instructions (this includes a deep
cleaning at least once a month)
to avoid any oil buildup that could
damage the diffuser or make diffusing
less effective.


When cleaning your diffuser, try to use
natural cleaning agents, like water and
vinegar. It’s also a good idea to unplug
the device before cleaning.

Whether you’re using a diffuser to enjoy your favorite essential
oils, or finding other creative ways to breathe in the pure aroma of
oils, plenty of options exist when it comes to aromatic use. Let’s
go over the first 10 of our 100 uses for essential oils with 10 ideas
for aromatic use.

How to use essential oils aromatically


Combine several of your favorite essential oil in a diffuser to create a custom diffuser blend. Use one to three drops of each oil.


To promote clean, fresh air in your car, place a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and wedge it into the air vents.


When you want to enjoy the aroma of essential oils throughout the day, combine a few drops of your favorite oil with water in a spray bottle and spritz the mixture on your clothing to keep the scent with you for several hours.


To help create a peaceful, relaxing environment for your family before sleep, diffuse essential oils with calming aromas while your children brush their teeth, read bedtime stories, and get ready for bed. Try Clary Sage, Lavender, Melissa, dōTERRA Balance®, or dōTERRA Serenity®


Diffuse essential oils with invigorating and energizing aromas at your work desk during the sluggish afternoon hours. Try Grapefruit, Lemon, Spearmint, Spikenard, Tangerine, or dōTERRA Motivate®.


Keep the aroma of essential oils with you while on the go by creating your own aromatherapy jewelry. Placing a few drops of oil on clay beads typically works best.


Diffuse during your morning routine to give your day an uplifting, invigorating start. Try Eucalyptus, Wild Orange, Peppermint, Citrus Bliss®, or Elevation.


Place a diffuser nearby for a delightful aroma when you’re doing homework or important projects, studying for tests, or working from home. Try Basil, Douglas Fir, Peppermint, or InTune®.


When you’re expecting company, diffuse essential oils to produce a fresh and inviting aroma throughout the home. Try Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon, or Purify.


Improve the aroma and environment of any space by taking your diffuser with you to hotel rooms, conference rooms, your office, the car, the classroom, or anywhere else that could benefit from the power of essential oils.

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